Strange Bird, Strange Week/Weekend

So, I have been having a strange week and weekend.  Since August 15th I have seen all but one of my 14 cousins, all of my aunts and uncles.  While this is awesome, it is also super overwhelming.  However, I did compete in the Bobby Orr Triathlon on August 22.  I was the cyclist for a team with two of my cousins. However, this is a knitting blog so I will discuss knitting.

I present to you, Strange Bird.

This is a very small shawlette that I test knit for Wonk of Wonk's Works. It was a great fun knit, which I did in Knit Picks Palette in Golden Heather. I really enjoy working with Palette, mostly because it costs, at most $2.19 a ball, and with more than 100 colors, there is plenty of choice.

I got to use my KP needles, which are still totally awesome.

The pattern, which is now for sale on Ravelry and Wonk's website, is fun.  My only issue is that I HATE fancy bind-offs, mostly because you think you are done and you have to do three times as many bind-off stitches as you think you have to.  A shawl or shoulderette that can be upwards of 300 stitches before you double that number doing a crochet bind-off or a picot bind-off.

Also, they require a whole lot of blocking.

But it sure is a pretty color and the pattern is really interesting.

So, in the end a great knit and lots of fun.  Also I have a beautiful fall shawlette for when the weather gets cooler.

Also, as part of my family weekend I went with my sister and two cousins to see Sarah Harmer.   It was, hands down, the best concert I have seen.  If you have a chance to see her, please, please, please go and support this amazing Canadian singer/songwriter.

It's Nice to Have Options

You know having options when choosing ice cream or underwear, options make everything better. That goes for knitting too. After a year of acquiring Chiagoo Bamboo Needles, I decided it was time to invest in some Knit Picks Options.

I am now the proud owner of tips size US 4-10 in both the Nickel plated and the Harmony wood. I also have the cables in 24" (4), 32" (2) and 40" (2).  I decided against getting the kit in favor of a la carte because I had purchased the Try-It set a few weeks earlier and I am loathe to have repeats, and I rarely knit anything larger than a US10 (6.00 mm) and so it was not worth it having up to 13 for me.  I may very well acquire these at a later date, but that is the joy of Knit Picks, I can get them later for not a whole lot of money.

My intention is not to advertise for a company I patronize frequently, but rather as a means of suggesting an annoying lesson my Dad has been preaching for year.  I spent around $100 getting a needle set I wanted (the KP Options) but in the year before that I have spent at least $100 on the Chiagoo needles that I am now going to give away or store.  So basically, get the set you want spending more money now can save you money when you decide to get them later. I have previously applied this logic to many other purchases, but picking up needles one at a time at my former LYS I never really did the math on my cost. Generally, these needles have been great.  While working on the nupps on the Robin's Egg Shawl I found it was great to use on nickel and one wood to make the perfect combination of slick and stick.  Those are the kinds of options I like.

Also, these needles are sharp, they look good and are really, really pointy!

And here are the photos I promised you last time.  The Robin's Egg Shawl has been moving along just fine.  The nupps were interesting, not my favorite thing, but they have such a great effect.

Life is more fun with Options, knitting and otherwise.